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01-23-2014, 04:34 PM
Provolone & The Neck
Join Date: Sep 2009
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The most frustrating part of the trade was that the team had a few major needs. Two of which were 1st line winger and #1 Dman. We traded the only player in the organization who could fill one of those needs for a player that was never going to fill the other.
Here we are 2 seasons later with the same needs, wasting away years of our star player's career by anchoring his line with a shuffle of 3rd line level players.
I think you might be remembering things wrong here. At the time, offense was unequivocally not a problem. The Flyers were third in the league in goals scored and were flush with talent at forward. The Flyers were in the bottom third of the league in goals against, with a pretty bad defense and in need of a young, defensive defenseman with a high ceiling. Sure, they also needed a true #1 defenseman, like 20 other teams in the league, but a more attainable need was a top flight defensive defenseman. There was no reason to think that at 22, Luke Schenn would have any less of a shot to reach his potential than JvR would. The trade made sense at the time. The Leafs may have gotten a better player, but the Flyers filled a more important need.
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